Link Love

Things I’m flipping through lately, often more than once:

  • 5 tips on starting a writing habit. It’s all common sense, yet I still consistently fail at writing regularly, so clearly I needed to read something about this topic again.
  • An article in the wake of Heartbleed about specific risks women face online and common sense stuff they should be doing. J and I have both started using LastPass.
  • How to avoid demotivation during a new venture. I keep going back and rereading this as I need to hear it over and over again. It’s easy to get frustrated when things aren’t instantly successful. I have to keep reminding myself that it takes time.

The weeks of rain

Garden

The garden is coming along quite nicely. We’ve had solid rain for the last week or so though and it doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. Know what else grows really quickly when there’s lot of rain? Weeds. I feel like I’m at risk of losing the battle! I need some sunshine so I can get out there for a few hours and knock back the worst offenders.

Still though, I’m really pleased with how things are looking this year. Having a friend (Hi, V!) doing this with me has already made it immensely more enjoyable. About half of the beds are planted and I’m sure we’ll have the rest filled in by the end of the month. Will harvest a first tomato and pepper or two later this week I think, which is always quite exciting. I’m really looking forward to the beans, especially the rattlesnake beans, as those were planted from seeds that I saved from my own harvest last year. I’m hoping that can turn into enough of a habit that I can do some mail trades for seeds with other gardeners later this year.

Lots still to be planted. Excited about getting soybeans in the ground, as making my own tofu is on my 101 list for this round. Getting some pallets from a friend soon so I can make growing lettuce and other greens a bit easier. I keep peaking at the peach tree in the front yard but I don’t know if I’ll get any fruit from her this year. Maybe next year.

All in all, quite happy and excited though. Ready for great harvests and to do a lot of canning this summer!